5 Ways You Can Prepare Your Family Before Disaster Strikes

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As a first responder, sworn or not, when a natural disaster like a hurricane, fire, or flood hits you may find yourself torn. Do you protect the community that you have promised to take care of? Do you abandon the community in favor of your family that you have also promised to take care of? Knowing your family is safe and has a plan might make the decision easier.

Most law enforcement agencies, fire departments, and first responders follow a set of protocols in any situation. These protocols are well thought out procedures and steps to be taken specific to the disaster. They are planned way in advance so that taking care of disasters is merely a matter of following the guidelines in the protocols. Why not set up protocols and make preparations in advance to take care of your family as well?

1. Prepare Your Pantry

Fireman standing in road shooting water on wildfire from brushtruck

Wildfire Photo: Pixabay/skeeze

Store away non-perishable food and water. Canned vegetables, rice, dried beans, and canned meats make great staples. There are lots of ways to store water, and while bottled is the least efficient, it’s the most convenient to keep in your car. For larger volumes of water, to keep at home for instance, water cooler jugs are great because they can be recapped and often refilled at the store from which you’ve purchased them.

Freezing water in milk jugs has several benefits. It cannot be used for drinking but it can be used as wash water, water to flush your toilet (your toilet will flush if there is water in it), it will keep food colder longer in the freezer if the power goes out, and because it takes up a large space, it will save on energy costs because there’s less space in your freezer to keep cool.

2. Prepare Your Spouse and Children

Ten feet of water flood nearly 20 percent of the neighborhood throughout the city of Minot, N.D., leaving more than 4,000 homes inundated by flooding, June 25. With the Souris River expected to crest, city official scramble to implement a recovery strategy hoping to endure the high water preventing the loss of thousands of homes already damaged by flooding. At eight feet above major flood stage, the water appears to be leveling off.
Flooding Photo: Flickr/DVIDSHUB

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